Date(s) - 16 Mar 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Why does the West refuse to acknowledge the Palestinian experience? Psychological aspects
Martin Kemp PhD
Monday 16th March at 7.30pm
The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton
No booking needed and there is no charge for admission –
Edward Said described the West’s ‘almost total silence about Zionism’s doctrines for – and treatment of – the Palestinians as one of the most frightening cultural episodes of the last century’.
There are reasons for this such as racism, economic interests and geo-political considerations. But are there psychological factors that play a part?
Why does the debate about Palestine/Israel provoke such anger and anxiety leading to attempts to censor – and a willingness to self-censor?
Martin Kemp is a psychoanalyst and founder member of the UK-Palestinian Mental Health Network. He has direct experience of attempts to silence discussion of Palestine. Following publication of his paper ‘To resist is to exist’, based on his first-hand observations in Palestine, his editors came under intense pressure to retract the paper.
At the meeting Martin will share his experience, and lead a discussion on these questions.